NCL to send most competitors in UK to skills competition final

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The finest apprentices and students have been announced as competitors at the upcoming WorldSkills UK competitions – and 18 of those are from New College Lanarkshire!

The students have been selected as the top performers in their chosen skills from National Qualifiers held across the UK, and will now go on to compete in front of 70,000 spectators at the UK final held at The Skills Show at the NEC in Birmingham from 16-18 November.

The group of 18 is the highest amount of competitors attending from any one organisation in the UK – adding to New College Lanarkshire’s existing title of Best in UK. Already in the top percentage of skilled students in the UK, the students will compete against 500 of the UK’s finest to get the number one spot in their chosen skill – which may make them eligible for selection to represent the nation at WorldSkills Kazan, Russia 2019.

Following in the footsteps of Team UK’s Betsy Crosbie and Calum Waltho, who are set to compete in WorldSkills Abu Dhabi in October, the students will be competing to be best in UK with the hope to proving themselves as best in the world.

They will take part in the three-day intensive competition competing across eight specialist skills: 3D Digital Game Art, IT Software Solutions for Business, Web Design, IT Support Technician, Network Systems Administrator, Mechanical Engineering: CAD, Media Make-up: Body and Fashion and Photographic Make-up.

Ross Young will be representing the College in 3D Digital Game Art, while John Blackwood, Steven Lynch and Stuart Ord will be battling it out in IT Software Solutions for Business.

Meanwhile four of the country’s best in the IT Support Technician category will be competing - IT James Kilgour, David Mackie, Matt Ridley and Dawid Soczka. They will be alongside John Scott Harrison who will be in the Network Systems Administrator category.

In Mechanical Engineering: CAD, – Adam Brownlie, Kristopher Munro, Lewis Threlfall, Simon McGinley will compete while Jakub Czaja will be in the Web Design category.

From the College’s Faculty of Service Industries, Hayley Shanks will compete in Media Make-up: Body category while Alby Crawford, Allanah Mccafferty, Gemma Walker will showcase their talents in Fashion and Photographic Make-up.

Matthew Smith, Head of Faculty at NCL and Member of the WorldSkills Strategy Steering Group for Scotland, said:

“I’m delighted for all of the students who will be competing in the Skills Show alongside the best in the UK. This is a great opportunity for them to showcase their skills and build their confidence in their chosen fields.”

Former student and gold-medallist in Mechanical Engineering: CAD Ross Megahy has also been asked to return to the competition to compete for a place in Team UK and WorldSkills Kazan 2019.

The competitions, which are run in partnership with organisations from industry and education, are regulated and powered by WorldSkills UK, which takes a radical approach to hothousing young talent to inspire the next generation and power UK industry post Brexit.

New College Lanarkshire has been named Best in UK at WorldSkills UK three times in the past four years having previously received the most medals out of any UK organisation.

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